Klopp apologises for Liverpool not being Man City

Rafa Benitez wants the January transfer window to open early

Rafa Benitez wants the January transfer window to open early

But Klopp has admitted that the former Sunderland star would not have had much bearing on the result against Red Star.

Fulham failed to test Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lössl during their 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Terriers, but will be looking to Aleksandar Mitrovic and André Schürrle for inspiration in front of goal.

Liverpool midfielders Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita are both in line for a return to action following their respective hamstring injuries.

Most of the fan base is hoping Slav can get us out this situation, but there is a feeling of frustration.

While they face such an easy fixture, and in general an easy run-in to Christmas, Liverpool come into this game humiliated, after their shock loss to Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday night in the Champions League.

A clear-cut Liverpool win is easy to predict and Van Dijk gives them plenty of protection at the back, but Fulham have scored in three of their away games and their forward-thinking approach makes them one of the lesser teams most likely to threaten the Liverpool goal.

"It's like we win a game and afterwards we have to say sorry we didn't win it in a [Man] City way", he said. "Now everyone has started again [after last season]". He made four changes from the team that beat Red Star 4-0 at home - not all by choice - and some of the second-string players did not perform well.

Jokanovic remains without the injured Joe Bryan and Kevin McDonald, and he said of their trip to Anfield: "Liverpool are coming from a defeat and are hurt; we are hurt more than Liverpool and they will show some different imagination than the last game".

Fulham play football - and should be applauded for it - but they've discovered that trying to outplay teams blessed with better players only ever ends one way. "We need a positive reaction", he added.

Having taken only five points from the first 11 Premier League matches after being given a £100m transfer budget in the summer, Jokanovic is under massive pressure and is [1.79] favourite to be the first Premier League manager to leave his post this season. City have to play Manchester United at home, Chelsea face a hard trip to Crystal Palace, and Liverpool host the bottom-of-the-table Fulham on Sunday noontime kick-off.

Liverpool have won all eight home Premier League games under Jurgen Klopp against newly-promoted teams, scoring 25 goals and conceding just three.

"I think that's my job but actually I'm not sure I should do that in public anymore".

The Cottagers have conceded 29 goals during that time - to share an unwanted Premier League record with Southampton from 2012-13 - and are now on a run of five straight defeats.

Scott Parker is reportedly in contention to replace him should he be sacked if their struggles continue, but against that backdrop and the prospect of facing Liverpool's Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, the 50-year-old Jokanovic has no intention of heading to Anfield to defend. In the Premier League, that class has shone through four assists for Fulham.

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